Trinity Kelverhouse, an 8-year-old girl who survived a DUI crash that killed her brother, was recognized at Saturday night’s Tacoma Rainiers game by throwing out the first pitch.
Kelverhouse attended the game with her baseball team, friends and family; including her mother Alicia Dougherty-Randall, who is still recovering from the shock of her daughter’s escape and the death of her son Donovan.
“I lost my son,” Dougherty-Randall explained, “That is not something I would wish on anybody. Things like this show you can still be happy and fun in life. It can be okay.”
In March, Donovan and Trinity were in a car being driven by their uncle, 26-year-old Jayce Randall. Near Purdy, they crashed. Investigators determined Randall had been drinking and smoking marijuana. He faces criminal charges.
Kelverhouse stood by the side of the road to flag down help.
“Right now, she’s all the joy I have,” Dougherty-Randall said, “She’s really amazing.”
Helping Kelverhouse through the ordeal is the Tacoma non-profit Hope Sparks, which made it possible for her to be at Saturday’s game and throw out the first pitch. The organization’s counseling services have assisted the 8-year-old move forward from a tragedy she admits she thinks about “once in a while”.
“Life can still be okay,” her mother said, “Even when you’re faced with a tragic situation as we were. Good things can come out of bad situations.”